Ashley Battle, a native of Pittsburgh PA, has brought passion and love for the game of basketball for many years. She started her career at an early age simply playing basketball with her cousins. Ashley never had a fear for the game, when she was in the fifth grade at Manchester Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA. She shocked the school by making the all boys basketball team and being the only girl.
While playing in a school tournament she was recruited to play AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). The AAU coaches were so impressed not only by her skills, but also by the fire and drive she had on the court.
During her high school years, Ashley attended The Linsly School, a college preparatory in West Virginia. Linsly is known for their renowned academics and not for basketball; however, Ashley was determined to change that. In her junior year, Ashley fulfilled her dream and set profound records by averaging a quadruple double (in points, rebounds, steals and assists. Ashley made a name for herself as being one of the top female basketball players in the country.
After a long and strenuous recruiting process, Ashley decided to attend the University of Connecticut. During her career at the UConn she was awarded the 2002 Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award and helped her team win 3 National Championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 4 Final Fours, 1 Sweet 16 and 1 undefeated season. She graduated with a double major in Business Marketing and Economics.
In 2005, Ashley was selected 25th overall by the WNBA Seattle Storm. Due to the coach’s decision, Ashley has played for several WNBA programs in her career. Ashley has also played abroad in Madrid, the Canary Island, and Leon, Spain, Ankara and Alanya, Turkey. Being a professional athlete has never been a major factor for Ashley, however, dedication, loyalty and being a team player is what means most to her.
With all of the experiences that Ashley has encountered it was time to give back. In 2009, Ashley created an outreach foundation named Culture Bound. Culture Bound provides opportunities for the youth to enhance their social skills and also help participants to learn more about themselves and how to achieve their personal dreams. Culture Bound’s mission is to provide opportunities and tools for the youth of America. The goal is to provide and unforgettable experience and to explore what the world has to offer. Furthermore, to help the youth discover all of the social, educational, economical and cultural opportunities. Statistics show that once the youth of America are given an opportunity to see the world outside of their community growth can take place.